During the Q&A, over 100 questions poured in from eager attendees. Here were five questions we saw repeatedly and the corresponding answers.
How do you control ice buildup? Where do you dispose of condensate?
We control ice buildup in three ways:
Our units come with built-in freeze-protection circuits.
The outdoor unit has a number of drainage holes at the bottom of the base pan. The discharge from the defrost cycle runs out the bottom of this pan.
We offer a full line of accessories that keep snow from accumulating on top of or immediately around our units. These snow and hail guards cover critical areas like exhaust fans and coils.
Offering both cooling and heating in one unit makes a compressor run year-round. Are there resultant maintenance issues with your compressors?
The toughest activity performed on a compressor occurs when it is turned on and begins operating at full power. The compressors used within our VRF systems have a soft start, and a gentle ramp from stopped to full power over a few seconds, to eliminate the normal wear caused by compressor starts. In addition, our compressors run for longer periods at partial load conditions, resulting in less wear and ultimately a longer lifetime than a typical compressor.
Can you discuss the simultaneous heating/cooling (how it works) and are the high efficiencies dependant on that?
The efficiencies of our VRF system(s) are measured at specific conditions. IEER and COP are not measured with systems that provide simultaneous cooling and heating capabilities. The simultaneous cooling and heating efficiency (SCHE) applies only to heat-recovery VRF systems per AHRI Standard 1230. The system works by utilizing indoor units in cooling mode as evaporators, pulling heat from a zone into the refrigerant loop. The heat within the refrigerant loop is diverted to other indoor units in heating mode, discharging that heat into a zone (or zones) requiring heating. The outdoor unit condenser coil is used to make up the difference in heating required, allowing the compressor to only perform the work for heating OR cooling, whichever is greater.
How does your version of this technology compare to other brands’ versions?
Our technology is proven after 30+ years of successful research, development and implementation here in the United States. When professionals select our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) units, they’re looking at more than just stunning efficiencies. They’re also thinking about the proven performance and reliability that many brands just can’t offer and that Mitsubishi Electric offers in spades.
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Source: Dezeen magazine, photography by Bartek Warzecha
If you can stretch out your arms and touch both sides of your home, then chances are you’re in a skinny house.
Skinny houses are vertical homes: multiple, small floors stacked atop one another. These structures push the boundaries of architecture and test the limits of compact living. More practically, they exist as a way for city dwellers to stake a claim on space as cities grow increasingly dense and expensive.
Skinny houses already have a following abroad:
Japan and Vietnam are particularly well-known for their eels’ nests and tube homes, respectively.
Singel 166, a beloved tourist spot in Amsterdam, is a little over three feet wide.
The new Keret House in Warsaw, Poland, is an art installation and studio space for traveling writers. It is 2.3 feet wide at its narrowest.
In the U.S., the East Coast seems to be paving the Skinny House way:
A home located at 2726 P St NW in Washington, D.C. has an interior width of 8.1 feet.
Skinny houses are sought after for the exact reason that some might avoid them: They’re just so very small and simple. Whether skinny houses gain popularity here in U.S. depends on the collective tolerance for wingspan-width spaces. Like it or not, though, cities are filling in. Soon we may all have to ask ourselves, “How much space do I really need?”
Window A/C units, oil furnaces, boilers and forced-air systems have one thing in common: they just don’t do the job anymore. We still see them in homes today because many homeowners do not know there’s a better option out there. The Central BU recently teamed up with Alliant Energy to change that.
In a PowerHouse episode, one of our area sales managers, Andy Senti, and Contractor Tim Stecklein of Colony Heating and Air Conditioning, explain how ductless solves a laundry list of HVAC challenges – both for homeowners who use them and contractors who install them.
Check out the 6-minute segment below to hear what they say separates our technology from the rest of the ductless HVAC pack.
We’re proud to announce that our Diamond Controls™ solution has won BUILDINGS magazine’s Money-Saving Products Award! This was the first time our division participated in this award program. Diamond Controls was selected to be a part of an elite group of winning products that provide budget-friendly solutions and benefit your bottom line.
Keep a lookout for the Money-Saving Products in BUILDINGS magazine’s June 2015 issue. Click here to learn about our award-winning products.
The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast gives reason to celebrate in 2015. AIA surveyed the nation’s leading construction forecasters – McGraw Hill Construction, Wells Fargo Securities and IHS-Global Insight to name a few – to project the nonresidential building industry conditions for the next 12 to 18 months. The results are in and they are promising.
This year, commercial construction is expected to grow by double-digits. Institutional construction will also see substantial growth due to increased interest in recreational and educational facilities.
The biggest ‘wow’ factor? According to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, this is the “first time since the Great Recession that every major building category is projected to see increases in spending.”
Our distributor and exhibitor at the Show, Comfort Supply, Inc., provided extra support as Boyce’s presentation sent tradeshow attendees directly to their booth to learn more about the technology and how it “changes the way you interact with the space around you.”
This month, we hosted our 2015 Distributor Conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. We celebrated hard work and our distributors’ continued success at the event, held March 9–12. More than 500 people were in attendance, including distributors, employees and their families.
The conference was filled with engaging presentations from guest speakers and exciting announcements from the division’s executives, who brought attendees up to speed on companywide programs, new products and other initiatives. In addition to providing the chance to interact and share innovative ideas, we look forward to this event each year as it gives us the opportunity to honor our dedicated distributors.
This year, the prestigious Distributor of the Year Award was presented to Gensco, Tacoma, Washington, for outstanding performance in 2014. The Distributor of the Year Award is also awarded to a single distributor in each of the five business units. The following companies were recognized at this year’s event:
The conference wasn’t all business, though. We managed to squeeze in some quality time on the golf course as well as hold a family-friendly race car competition at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. On the last night of the conference, we concluded with a celebratory performance by hit 70s band Three Dog Night.
Click here for additional details on the conference and to see which distributors were also awarded for their extraordinary efforts in 2014.
As spring rolls around again, so does our popular Ductless Rewards promotion. For this year’s Step into Spring Rebate Program, we’re offering contractors credit on a reloadable Visa gift card for every eligible M-Series outdoor unit purchased from a distributor and installed between February 16, 2015 and April 13, 2015.
To help incentivize contractors to “step into spring,” we are offering a tiered rate plan:
NO. UNITS PURCHASED & INSTALLED
REBATE PER UNIT
1 through 4 units
5 through 9 units
10 or more units
This is a great opportunity for contractors and their businesses. And to top it all off – signing up couldn’t be easier! Simply register at ductlessrewards.com, record your sales and reap the rewards.
The date to submit claims is April 20, 2015 so sign up today!
The past decade has seen countless studies reaffirm the bright future of green. The number of passive and net-zero projects rises each year and LEED® plaques now adorn building after building. It’s safe to say that the market’s desire for green is here to stay– but recent industry studies have revealed a more nuanced mindset.
A key component to this nuance is the idea that people no longer just want green products, they now want green companies. The Shelton Group’s latest Eco Pulse study found that “corporate commitments to sustainability are becoming a baseline criterion for product consideration.” A label on a product doesn’t cut it anymore; people want proof that companies are authentically dedicated to sustainability. For companies like us that already embody this dedication, these Eco Pulse findings are good news.
They’re not all good news, though: “Respondents reported fewer sustainable activities on average last year, and only 27 percent reported high activity levels (down from 34 percent last year).” In short, green purchases are down.
These contrasting trends represent a conflicted mindset among consumers: an emerging interest in supporting green companies but a hesitation to put money down. Perhaps people are re-evaluating how they define a sustainable purchase and investment. Perhaps the country’s emergence from a multi-year recession has changed purchasing habits. It’s unclear what has caused this shift.
What we do know is what this shift means going forward. It means companies will have to practice what they preach. It means the leaders in the industry will be the ones offering green products and implementing green practices in their corporate environments. It means the building landscape is changing.